Templates Manager Editions

Templates Manager comes in three editions for SharePoint: the classic sandboxed solution, with, a wsp package, and the new SPFX extension, with a .sppkg package and a PowerShell edition for installation and upgrade in multiple sites.

One product with three editions

The Templates Manager editions are one product, so you can use them as you like. They have the same version number and features.

The same features in all editions

Templates Manager creates a button for template selection in all document libraries in the site where the product is installed. The installation also adds buttons for templates library creation.

Supported SharePoint versions

File type SP 2013 SP 2016 SP 2019 SP Online
.spppkg No No No Yes
.wsp Yes Yes Yes Yes
.ps1 Yes Yes Yes Yes


The most detailed descriptions of the Templates Manager SharePoint editions are given in the manual, but these are the important differences:

SPFX extension, .spppkg

The SPFX extension is very easy to manage, so this is the edtion we recommend you to use when it is possible. Unfortunately, it only supports SharePoint Online.

As soon as the SPFX extension has been deployed in the tenant's app catalog, it is available among the apps "From Your Organization". Install Templates Manager with the command "Add an app" in the site where you want to use it.

Download and learn more about the Templates Manager for SharePoint SPFX Extension

Sandboxed solution .wsp

Sometimes you hear that Microsoft has deprecated sandboxed solutions, but that is not true. What has been deprecated is custom code in sandboxed solutions, but the kalmstrom.com SharePoint solutions do not contain such code. Instead our products build on no-code sandboxed solutions, which Microsoft will continue to support. FAQ
  • The sandboxed solution is downloaded from the kalmstrom.com website and uploaded to the root site of a site collection. When the file (the solution) has been activated in the root site, the feature it contains will be available in that root site and all subsites, but the feature must be activated on each site where it should be used.
  • The Templates Manager sandboxed solution .wsp file can be used in all sites that have a link to the Solutions gallery in the Site settings. If you want to use a modern site and don't see that link, you need to allow custom script for the site, refer to our Tips section.
Download and learn more about the Templates Manager for SharePoint Sandboxed solution

PowerShell edition .ps1

To use the PowerShell edition, you should have some earlier experience of PowerShell, but is is the quickest method to install and upgrade Templates Manager in multiple sites.

You will have a package with a .ps1 file that should be modified and run in PowerShell ISE. When the script is run, all sites that are included in the script will get Templates Manager.

Download and learn more about the Templates Manager for SharePoint PowerShell edition


The sandboxed solution och PowerShell editions use the same folders, so you can very well upgrade the sandboxed solution installations with the PowerShell script and vice versa.

The SPFX edition is different, so if you upgrade these installations with one of the other editions, you will get double Templates Manager buttons.
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